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July 28, 2015


Mercer University Director of Athletics Jim Cole announced the promotion of Sybil Blalock to Deputy Director of Athletics and Brian Gerrity to Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Blalock has more than 25 years of experience as a Mercer athletics administrator and coach, while also having served multiple terms on NCAA Division I Championship committees. Gerrity has led the athletic department’s fundraising efforts since 2012, guiding the Mercer Athletic Foundation to unprecedented growth during his tenure. Gerrity helped Mercer secure multiple naming-right gifts in the last year alone, including the newly coined Five Star Stadium and OrthoGeorgia Park. He also spearheaded the Mercer Athletic Foundation’s BEAR PLUS and 400 Fund programs.

July 27, 2015


Less than a decade ago Jason Thompson of the Philadelphia 76ers was making a name for himself on the Rider University basketball court. Now, Rider University is making a basketball court with Jason Thompson’s name on it. Groundbreaking on the next phase of a multi-phased project to enhance and expand Rider’s historic Alumni Gymnasium took place Monday. The next phase of the campaign is the addition of an 8,400 square foot basketball practice facility, the Jason Thompson Court, located behind Alumni Gymnasium, the oldest building on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. Construction is expected to be completed in spring 2016. The Alumni Gym Campaign is funded entirely through the support of private donations.


Aaron Paajanen, a young and seasoned professional, was named the head coach for the University of Detroit Mercy men’s and women’s tennis teams announced Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr., on Monday. “I am extremely pleased to have Aaron join us here at the University of Detroit Mercy,” said Vowels. “He comes from a tennis family and his experiences as a student-athlete, professional and collegiate coach will help us continue to build a pair of programs that will compete annually for championships.” Paajanen spent the last two seasons as an assistant men’s coach at Jesuit institution Santa Clara, helping the Broncos achieve national rankings in both years, including as high as No. 42 in 2013-14. That season, Santa Clara finished No. 56 overall in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).


Princeton University seeks an Assistant Director, Athletics Multimedia and Production. The mission of Princeton University Department of Athletics is to strive for excellence in academics and athletics, while embracing equity in opportunity, good sportsmanship, and ethical conduct. Apply here.


University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks an Asst Athletic Trainer. This position is housed in the athletic department and will report to the Assistant Athletic Director for Training Services. The assistant athletic trainer supervises the care of student athletes competing in the University’s Athletic programs. Apply here.


UTRGV Director of Athletics Chris King announced on Monday a reorganization of the department of intercollegiate athletics, including three promotions involving the executive and senior administrative staff effective September 1, and a search for the newly created Assistant Athletic Director for Development position. The reorganization of the department introduces a more vertical structure, which will encourage communication and collaboration across the department. Business, Capital Projects/Facilities, Development and Ticket Operations, Student-Athlete Experience and Services and External Operations are the three divisions aligned with how UTRGV will best serve its student-athletes and key stakeholders. – The Monitor, Read More


Dr. Todd Stull has been added to Nebraska athletics’ full-time staff as director of sports psychology, the university announced. Previously, Stull had worked as a consulting sport psychiatrist for the Huskers. NU’s first full-time sports psychiatrist, Stull will work with each of the Huskers’ 24 varsity sports. According to a university news release, Stull has more than 20 years of psychiatric medical practice to implement programs designed to maximize the performance and well-being of athletes. Stull earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A native of Hastings, Stull earned his bachelor’s degree from Hastings College, where he was a quarterback -Steven M. Sipple, Journal StarRead More


Longwood University invites applications for Director of Athletic Administrative Services in the Athletics Department. The purpose of this position is to coordinate the administrative services of the Athletics Department, including the functions of human resources, payroll, department scheduling with campus partners, and manage assigned fiscal activities and procurement of goods and services. [email protected]


Former University of Minnesota sports information director Bob Peterson passed away last night after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 84. He served as president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1977-78 and, received his profession’s ultimate honor when selected by his peers for the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 1983. During his 28 years in sports information, he received more than 20 citations for his excellence in the field of publications from CoSIDA. Peterson attended Hamline University, received his B.S. degree from St. Cloud State and his M.S. degree from North Dakota. In 1994 when he retired, Peterson was only the third full-time men’s sports information director at Minnesota. In 1997, Peterson was honored at the All-American Football Foundation’s Banquet of Champions.


A slew of constructions is happening in UNH with its $115 million of expansions, upgrades and renovations. UNH also finished a $1.9 million project in April, which created the new Watkins Center for Student-Athlete Excellence at the Field House. A $25 million upgrade to Cowell Stadium, which holds about 6,500 people, began in May. Construction is expected to be complete in August 2016 with the stadium remaining open throughout. The Holloway Commons dining hall is undergoing a $10.5 million, 9,000-square-foot expansion.- Morgan Palmer, Fosters, Read More


YSU athletic budget shows that the football program is still a pretty big deal. Football specific expenses of $3.8 million matched what was spent on YSU’s 10 women’s teams during the 2013-14 school year. It surpassed total spending on the seven other men’s sports on campus as well. The football travel bill of $390,186 was about as much as that for the seven other men’s sports combined. And $1.3 million in salary and benefits for the head football coach and nine assistants added up to 41 percent of the spending for all coaches on YSU’s 18 sports teams. How did Youngstown State come up with the money to pay for its sports program? Seventy percent came in the form of direct institutional support in 2013-14, according to the latest school report filed with the NCAA. – Rich Exner, Cleveland, Read More


University of Maine head softball coach Lynn Coutts has been promoted to a senior associate director of athletics, UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech announced Friday. She was hired in fall 2011 as the head coach and guided the team for four seasons. She recorded her best record last season, 22-22 overall and 10-7 in AE. In her new role, she will oversee compliance, Title IX, financial aid, student-athlete conduct, sports medicine, sports performance and equipment. She will serve as the liaison to academic support, the NCAA-designated Senior Woman Administrator and a sport program administrator.  A member of the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Coutts graduated from UMaine in 1987 after an All-American senior season as a dominant pitcher. – Larry Mahoney, Bangor Daily News, Read More


Wright State has the smallest athletic budget among the 11 Ohio public universities competing in Division I sports. Wright State spent $11.2 million on sports in 2013-14; Cleveland State, $11.4 million. By comparison, each Ohio Mid-American Conference school spent at least twice as much. Ohio State spent 10 times as much. Yet, even with the smallest budget in the state, the WSU athletic department can’t pay the bills on its own, just like every other public university in the state with the exception of Ohio State. Wright State’s athletic expenses were up 14 percent over the five years examined by NEOMG. That was among the lowest rates of growth among the 11 public schools in Ohio. – Rich Exner, Cleveland, Read More


Lobo Development Corp. announced Friday that it is negotiating with 54 Development LLC on a proposed 27,000-square-foot, mixed-use project in the parking lot immediately west of University Stadium. UNM describes 54 Development as a partnership between local developer Paul Silverman and prolific businessman Steven B. Chavez. No agreement has been formalized and any contract and terms remain subject to approval by LDC’s board and the UNM Board of Regents, but university President Bob Frank said Friday that the parties already have had successful discussions and that things are “moving along quite well.” According to UNM, 54 Development’s proposal includes construction of a 10,000-square-foot “54 Sports Grill,” and might also incorporate other restaurants, a craft brewery, a coffee shop and some sports-themed retail. – Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal, Read More


The University at Buffalo raised $1.25 million from private donors in an ultimately failed bid to keep basketball coach Bobby Hurley in town this spring. Donors made those commitments to UB athletics over a five-year period. Hurley, however, bolted earlier this year for the Arizona State Sun Devils – a more lucrative and prominent head coaching position – but the money will stay with UB athletics. That money would have been good for $250,000 in each year of a five-year contract and was set to combine with university funds to make Hurley the highest-paid coach in the Mid-American Conference, a designation currently held by Ohio University coach Saul Phillips and his $550,000 salary. – Dan Miner, Biz Journals. Read More.


SMU athletic director Rick Hart would like people to know there’s more to cost of attendance than just one number representing the amount that full scholarship athletes will be receiving under new NCAA rules. For SMU, that amount is $2,676. Financial aid offices factor academic scholarships into the full cost of attendance. Athletic scholarships didn’t have the extra costs built in, just tuition, fees, books, room and board. At SMU, those five items represent 96.02 percent of cost of attendance. The remaining 3.98 percent is the gap that will now be covered by the newly enacted NCAA athletic scholarship rules. The number isn’t everything, at least at SMU. If a student-athlete lives off campus, that person receives an extra $1,700 a month because of the cost of housing in University Park. If they receive Pell grants, that aid can add another $500 to the monthly stipend. -Chuck Carlton, The Dallas Morning News- Read More.


Cal State Bakersfield has received an $870,000 grant from the NCAA for academic enhancements that will help student-athletes earn their degrees, the NCAA announced Friday. CSUB athletic director Ziggy Siegfried said the dollar value of the gift was the fourth-highest ever received by CSUB athletics. The NCAA began awarding these type of grants about three years ago with the goal of helping universities considered to have “limited resources” a chance to receive additional funding for academics. Most of the money will go toward refurbishing a larger Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley Center for Student Success, which is CSUB’s athletics academic advising program. – Jeff Evans, The Bakersfield Californian, Read More


The University of Illinois is paying a consultant $550,000 to develop a “branding” plan for the Urbana campus and re-examine the school’s public affairs structure. Edelman, which bills itself as the world’s largest public relations firm, was hired in April, in part to prepare for a major fund drive set to kick off in 2017. The consultants will meet with the steering committee throughout July and August to review preliminary data. The timeline calls for them to share a new organizational model with Chancellor Phyllis Wise in September and develop final recommendations by November. Edelman branding contract is being paid for with private money from the University of Illinois Foundation, the UI’s fundraising arm, officials said. – Julie Wurth, The Newz-Gazette. Read More.


Miami University will likely pay a private consulting firm at least $150,000 to find the school’s next president. A contract, obtained by this news organization, shows the university has hired a Washington, D.C.-based firm to begin the search Aug. 24. Miami University is Butler County’s largest employer and the college’s current president, David C. Hodge, announced earlier this year he would retire by June 2016. The firm estimates Miami will pay its next president $450,000 — Hodge currently makes $432,000— so the fee will be at least $150,000. The search will likely end up costing at least $200,000, said James Finkelstein, a professor at George Mason University who studies university president contracts and Miami University alumnus. – Amanda Seitz, Dayton Daily News. Read More.

July 24, 2015


UNC Asheville seeks an Assistant Communications Director. This position serve as the primary contact for multiple sports, developing and managing publicity for each. Write, research, compile and edit various athletic department communications materials, including press releases, game notes, game programs and feature articles. Apply here.


Marquette University seeks an Assistant Athletics Director, Business Operations. This position will provide direct oversight and management of the department’s financial resources. Individual will serve as the day-to-day contact with the sport programs and administrative units and manage all matters in regards to accounting, finance, budget, travel and payroll. Position will work directly with the department’s senior management team to ensure that resources are available and properly allocated to meet the department’s strategic initiatives. Apply here.


Two out of every three dollars spent on Ohio University sports comes from student fees or other help from the university — $16 million from the students fees according to the school’s most recent NCAA report for 2013-14. Plus $2.4 million of institution support was listed for facilities and administration. At OU, like all the state’s public universities outside of Ohio State, sports could not operate as they do without substantial support from student fees, tuition, tax dollars or other public help.  The contribution from student fees, as reported in the most recent report, is actually down from a few years ago. The school’s report to the NCAA showed the university spent $27.3 million on intercollegiate sports in 2013-14. Total operating expenses grew from $22.9 million in 2010 and $22.8 million in 2011, to $24.4 million, $27 million and $27.3 million in the three most recent reports. – Rich Exner, Cleveland, Read More


University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is scheduled to begin the  16-month construction of the new event center arena  this winter. It is expected be completed in time for the start of the 2017-2018 basketball season. The new facility will be situated on campus,  between the school’s stadium lot, soccer stadium and the UMBC stadium complex, and will be accessible via Hilltop Circle. The new 170,000 square-foot, $67 million space will host the UMBC’s varsity teams and provide more room for campus and community events. The new building will provide student athletes with access to upgraded training facilities, locker rooms and other amenities. Additionally, the building is designed to allow for the athletics department to function unaffected by large events taking place, with practice court available for team use. – Heather Norris, Baltimore Sun, Read More


Athletic director Scott Allison has announced Chris Kilcoyne as the director of athletic communications. Kilcoyne, a 14-year veteran in college athletics administration, will handle the day-to-day and weekly operations within the athletic communications office while covering all of Roanoke College’s 19 varsity sport programs. He will continue the monthly talk show “Tuesday Night Live” while producing athletic event live streaming as well. Kilcoyne, a 2002 graduate of Roanoke College, is coming back to his alma mater after serving years at various collegiate levels.


Ball State University seeks an Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance.  Responsibilities: conduct transcript review for all incoming prospective student-athletes; serve as primary compliance contact for all aspects of camps and clinics conducted by the coaching staff; coordinate initial and continuing eligibility; serve as primary athletic compliance liaison with all academic departments, Admissions, Registration and International Programs; submit eligibility waivers and assist with progress toward degree. Send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three references to: Patrick Quinn, [email protected]


The Missouri Valley Conference announced a 10-year extension of its current media rights agreement with ESPN on Thursday that will blend academics and athletics in an effort to increase the coverage of league events. League institutions will use students to help produce and broadcast dozens of events, beginning with the upcoming school year, with a target of more than 800 events a year on ESPN3. The deal runs through 2023-24 and is the first of its kind with an entire league and also features multiple men’s basketball and Olympic sports telecasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS each year. The games on those networks for the upcoming school year are expected to be announced at a later date. The league hopes to broadcast a minimum of 820 events, with at least 70 of them men’s basketball games, on ESPN3 beginning in 2018-19. Todd Hefferman, The Sourthern, Read More


Georgia Southern University has extended its relationship with collegiate marketer Learfield Sports through the 2028-29 athletic year. Learfield’s local sales and marketing team – Georgia Southern Sports Properties – manages all aspects of the rights relationship and works with local, regional and national corporations eager to affiliate with the university brand through venue signage; event sponsorships; corporate hospitality; television; digital engagement and visibility via As part of the agreement, the university has selected ANC for the new LED Fascia Display at Paulson Stadium, and Learfield will help lead the integration of the new game day displays. – Ken Grine, WTOC. Read Here.


University of Texas Athletic director Steve Patterson cut down free meals to 30 free meals per athletic year, which amounts to one per week for all coaches within the school’s athletic department in order to save a total of $300,000 annually. In a letter that was first made public by SB Nation’s Matt Brown on Thursday, the limitations were made clear to coaches last August. – Vince Frank, Forbes. Read More.


With a growing national profile in both football and men’s basketball, Coastal Carolina University has attracted the attention of the Sun Belt Conference as the league with a footprint throughout the southeast considers further expansion. Chanticleers athletic director Matt Hogue confirmed Thursday that the Sun Belt had initiated contact with the university in recent weeks and that dialogue is ongoing between the two sides, but he tempered the depth of those talks. “We’ve been contacted and we’ve had some discussion and that’s really the extent at this point,” Hogue said. “That’s where we are. We can acknowledge that they have contacted us, and certainly our stance has always been we would explore any opportunities that are presented to us.” – Ryan Young, Myrtle Beach Online. Read More.


A $1.2 million renovation this summer replaced field turf that hadn’t been changed out in more than a decade and was severely worn from usage. Additionally, two rows totaling 860 seats were removed from the east and west sidelines to widen the field and drop Sam Boyd’s capacity to 35,500. New turf was installed for the first time since 2003, including shock pads under the turf for player safety. The turf installation cost $800,000; the entire project was funded by the stadium, which is separate from UNLV athletics. – Ray Brewer, Las Vegas Sun. Read More.

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